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This weekend saw the release of Fede Alvarez’s The Evil Dead, an even grislier remake of Sam Raimi‘s 1981 horror flick. But did you know that the so-called “original” was a remake of sorts as well?

Granted, Raimi’s film wasn’t a do-over of a beloved classic — rather, it was a feature-length retooling of a short “prototype” film he’d made himself a few years earlier under the title Within the Woods. Future Evil Dead stars Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss play the main characters, who are disturbed by demonic forces during a weekend in a remote cabin. Sound familiar? Watch the whole thing after the jump.

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Just as the world gets ready for a Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell endorsed remake of Evil Dead, the director himself is finally getting ready to continue the franchise. In a new interview, Sam Raimi said he and his brother, most likely screenwriter Ivan Raimi, would be sitting down to write Evil Dead 4 this summer.

UPDATE: Soon after this initial report was released, Raimi clarified his comments. Unsurprisingly, the film’s future isn’t as certain as the original report made it sound.

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Remakes of decades-old films are a common sight at the multiplex these days, but even by those standards Identity Films and Flat Penny Films are reaching pretty far back. The two companies have just acquired the rights to Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union, which was adapted into a movie by Frank Capra in 1948.

That picture starred Spencer Tracy as a presidential candidate backed by a newspaper magnate, played by Angela Lansbury. Katharine Hepburn portrayed Tracy’s estranged wife. While State of the Union isn’t really considered a career highlight for any of them, they still leave some big shoes for the new cast to fill. [Variety]

After the jump, things take a turn for the spooky with new Carrie and Evil Dead images.

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An especially heart-pounding edition of Remake Bits features updates on Evil Dead, Godzilla, Robocop, and more. After the jump:

  • Frank Darabont talks about the Godzilla reboot
  • Jason Blum is remaking The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Listen to ten minutes of the Evil Dead score
  • New pics show the Robocop prototype

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In purely practical terms, it’s unlikely that Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead remake will live up to the marketing promise that it’s “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” But even if it fails to meet that high bar, it’s clearly trying its hardest to push that envelope.

The first red-band trailer was packed end to end with disturbing, blood-drenched images, to the point that it made Sam Raimi‘s 1981 original look mild and mellow in comparison. The green-band trailer, for obvious reasons, is far tamer, but it’s still pretty spooky. And because it can’t show off the really shocking moments, it gives away much less about the film. Check it out after the jump.

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Given that Sam Raimi‘s original The Evil Dead was billed as “the ultimate experience in grueling terror,” the Fede Alvarez-directed remake has big shoes to fill. The first footage from the movie suggested that it goes pretty far out into splatter and gore, especially when compared to the bulk of mainstream horror films that play things fairly safe.

But can this new version of the story really deliver on the promise of the poster, which dares to go even further than the marketing promise of the original film? Probably not, but it’s fun to see them making such a bold decalaration. Read More »

At the recent New York Comic Con audiences reportedly went crazy for the first footage from Fede Alvarez‘s remake of Sam Raimi‘s classic horror debut The Evil Dead. Now you can get an idea of what they were so excited about, as the red-band reaser trailer is online in official form. It’s a bloody, splattery thing complete with graphic tongue cutting and sexual assault by a tree.

The original film was billed as “the ultimate experience in grueling horror”, and this footage suggests the remake is angling to compete in that arena. The overall aesthetic seems to put this close to some of the Platinum Dunes horror remakes in the visual department, but the intensity here is way beyond anything Dunes has achieved.

Gorehounds, don’t be put off by the relatively gentle header image. (And real Raimi fans should know why that’s a great shot, anyway.) There’s plenty of nastiness in the actual trailer, below.

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Maybe you were good and decided not to watch the bootleg recording of footage from Fede Alvarez‘s remake of The Evil Deadthat came out of the New York Comic Con. If so, and you can’t wait until tomorrow to see the teaser trailer, here’s a bit of footage that will give you a basic idea about what to expect.

What we see is grim, greenish, and even a bit grimy, and there’s a replication of the classic Sam Raimi POV shot that was one of the series’ visual hallmarks. And you’ll even get a look at the book of the dead (seen in part above) to tease what’s coming next. Read More »

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